Sure, UFC's Marion Reneau will retire eventually – but on her own terms and timeline

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ROTTERDAM – At Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 115 event, Marion Reneau will become the first 40-year-old woman to fight in the UFC.

Whenever a high-level athlete reaches this type of mark, a seemingly inevitable question follows: Is retirement looming? And Reneau, who’ll also be the oldest UFC fighter in action in the Netherlands on Saturday, doesn’t seem to have a problem getting those types of questions.

But it’s her prerogative to not have an answer to them, either.

“Forty is the new 20; let’s just roll with that,” Reneau told MMAjunkie with a laught. “I just feel that, when I’m ready, I’m going to call it quits. I don’t have a set date, a set time, a set number of fights. But, when I do, it will be on my terms.”

Reneau (7-3-1 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC) meets Talita de Oliveira (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a main-card bantamweight bout at Saturday’s event at Ahoy Rotterdam – all of which streams live on UFC Fight Pass. De Oliveira agreed to step in for former 145-pound champ Germaine de Randamie, who had to pull out in the last minute.

Reneau, who was gunning for ranked competition after a controversial draw with ex-title-challenger Bethe Correia, didn’t really get her wish in de Oliveira. But, for someone who was unsure whether she’d get a fight at all, this one will do just fine.

“At first I couldn’t believe (de Randamie had pulled out); it was kind of disbelief,” Reneau said. “It was one of those things, like, ‘OK, so what’s my next step?’ I did want a top-10 opponent. Unfortunately, I’m not going to be able to fight a top-10 opponent.

“But (that) doesn’t take away from the opponent I have now. She’s brand new to the UFC, and she wants to make a statement, so I’m not taking anything away from this opponent.”

Reneau, of course, has the experience over Brazil’s de Oliveira – who began her professional MMA road just in 2015. But riding a four-fight winning streak, de Oliveira brings in both a size advantage and jiu-jitsu chops that ensured all but one of her wins came via submission.

Still, Reneau is confident in how the night is going to pan out.

“I see it going down with my hand raised victorious,” Reneau said.

To hear from Reneau, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC Fight Night 115 in the Netherlands

We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 115 event in the Netherlands.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC Fight Night 115 staff picks we release on Friday ahead of the event. UFC Fight Night 115 takes place Saturday at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass.

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Stefan Struve vs. Alexander Volkov

Records: Stefan Struve (28-8 MMA, 12-6 UFC), Alexander Volkov (28-6 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
Past five: Struve 3-2, Volkov 4-1
Division: Heavyweight
Rankings: Volkov No. 13, Struve No. 15
Odds (as of 8/30/17): Volkov -135, Struve +105

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Talita de Oliveira vs. Marion Reneau

Records: Talita de Oliveira (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Marion Reneau (7-3-1 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC)
Past five: De Oliveira 4-1, Reneau 2-2-1
Division: Women’s bantamweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 8/30/17): N/A

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Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Rob Wilkinson

Records: Siyar Bahadurzada (22-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC), Rob Wilkinson (11-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Past five: Bahadurzada 3-2, Wilkinson 5-0
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 8/30/17): Bahadurzada -155, Wilkinson +125

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Bryan Barberena vs. Leon Edwards

Records: Bryan Barberena (13-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC), Leon Edwards (13-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC)
Past five: Barberena 3-2, Edwards 4-1
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 8/30/17): Edwards -275, Barberena +215

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For more on UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Talita de Oliveira in for de Randamie vs. Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night 115

Marion Reneau has a short-notice replacement opponent to keep her bout at UFC Fight Night 115 on Saturday in The Netherlands.

Brazil’s Talita de Oliveira (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will make her promotional debut, filling in for injured former women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie (8-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) against Reneau (7-3-1 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 115. A UFC official confirmed the news to MMAjunkie following an initial report form MMABrasil.com.

Featuring a heavyweight headliner between Stefan Struve and Alexander Volkov, UFC Fight Night 115 takes place Sept. 2 at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The entire card streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

De Oliveira made her pro debut in early 2015 in Brazil. After a decision loss in her second fight, she has rattled off four straight wins, including a trio of submissions. Most recently, she picked up a rear-naked choke win in April in Poland.

Reneau hopes returns to action for the first time since a March majority draw with Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 106 in Brazil. Reneau has endured mixed results since making her way to the UFC, opening her octagon run with victories over Alexis Dufresne and Jessica Andrade before falling short against Holly Holm and Ashlee Evans-Smith. This past November, she picked up a TKO win over Milana Dudieva before the draw with Correia.

Former champ de Randamie was looking to fight for the first time since being stripped of her featherweight belt after refusing to defend it against top contender Cris Cyborg, who the Dutch fighter branded “a known and proven cheater.” The UFC’s decision brought to a close a strange chapter in the promotion’s history that saw de Randamie crowned champ after a hotly contested decision win over Holly Holm at February’s UFC 208.

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 3 p.m. ET)

  • Stefan Struve vs. Alexander Volkov
  • Talita de Oliveira vs. Marion Reneau
  • Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Rob Wilkinson
  • Bryan Barberena vs. Leon Edwards

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 11:30 a.m. ET)

  • Darren Till vs. Bojan Velickovic
  • Felipe Silva vs. Mairbek Taisumov
  • Mads Burnell vs. Michel Prazeres
  • Desmond Green vs. Rustam Khabilov
  • Francimar Barroso vs. Aleksandar Rakic
  • Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Mike Santiago
  • Abdul-Kerim Edilov vs. Bojan Mihajlovic

For more on UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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LFA 17 heads to North Carolina for first lightweight title fight

LFA’s inaugural lightweight title will be on the line when the promotion’s visits North Carolina for the first time.

Promotion officials recently announced that LFA 17 will take place July 21 at Grady Cole Center in Charlotte, N.C. As with all LFA events, the night’s main card airs on AXS TV.

The night’s main event sees Thiago Moises (9-1), RFA’s final lightweight champion, face Robert Watley (7-1) with the LFA lightweight title on the line.

“LFA will crown its first lightweight champion at LFA 17 in North Carolina,” LFA CEO Ed Soares stated. “Thiago Moises is one of the most dominant champions in RFA history, and Robert Watley has won multiple regional titles on the East Coast. I am excited to see these two proud champions face off for the inaugural LFA lightweight title on July 21.”

Moises (9-1), just 22, enters the bout on a four-fight winning streak, with all four wins coming under the RFA banner. Meanwhile, Watley suffered a loss in his 2014 debut but has since rattled off seven consecutive victories, including four by way of stoppage.

Bantamweight prospects are featured in the night’s co-main event, a rematch with Dylan Cala (3-1) and the only man ever to defeat him, Tony Gravely (8-4).

LFA 17 currently includes:

For more on LFA 17, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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